The U.S. Supreme Court today took away more of your rights to Freedom Of Speech. In a 5-4 ruling, the court ruled against a high school student who held up a nonsensical sign during a parade across the street from his high school.
He was suspended for allegedly advocating drug use and took the case all the way to the Supreme Court. The new Bush-packed Supreme Court ruled in favor of his suspension (which took place in 2002) basically saying that schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use. Previous federal courts had ruled in favor of the student. Oddly enough, a number of traditionally conservative organizations also supported the student as they are afraid that this will lead to schools censoring Christian expression by students.
What does "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" mean? I can understand it if the sign said "Jesus for Bong Hits." It did not say that. If the sign had said "Beer Cans 4 Jesus" would that have equally applied as advocating drug use? If the sign had said "Make Love Not War," a popular 60's-era phrase, would that have qualified for advocating sexual activity, something students must not engage in until age 18 (which we all know is never violated).
The sign was nonsensical. It is just another hypocritical attempt to control freedom of speech in this country. The selection of John Roberts for the Supreme Court by George Bush guaranteed this. And it will happen again until a Democratic President has the chance to replace some of these dinosaurs.
The only positive aspect of this case is that it was a 5-4 ruling. Four of these justices know how to read the Bill of Rights as they were intended.
The Pope joins George Bush in a game of Battleship.
George Bush Jr. joined God's number one spokesman, the Pope, for a pleasant and private chat this week. Much of the conversation must have centered on America's role in the war in Iraq.
In formulating his stands, the Pope is limited to his own common sense, inspiration/faith and the words left by Jesus.
Jesus' statements about war and peace are very scarce in the Gospels. It is in Matthew we learn something about his thoughts on these. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." As hundreds of Iraqi citizens die every week and scores of American soldiers are slain, the simple question can be asked. Is George Bush a "peacemaker" or a "warmonger?" Have his actions, plans and directives guided the intentions of a "peacemaker?" Or do they reveal the reckless and malevolent manuevers of a "warmonger?"
SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO MR. LIBERAL???, some of you right-winged Neocons are thinking.
The war in Iraq has passed the amount of time Americans were involved in WWII. U.S. presence has escalated a civil war in that country. And the only ones who can really understand the mindset of Arabs in that country are other Arabs.
The U.S. needs to call upon all of its "friends" in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait and others to intervene in either a diplomatic/political manner or as a "Muslim-only" peace-keeping force in Iraq.
That's what Jesus would advise.